Knoxville motel closed over alleged drug activity

Knoxville motel closed over alleged drug activity

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Police have responded to more than 200 calls at the motel in the last two years. Police have responded to more than 200 calls at the motel in the last two years.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Authorities on Thursday closed a Knoxville motel over alleged drug activity that has spawned hundreds of police calls.

Police and the Knox County District Attorney General's Office served a nuisance injunction and search warrant at the Royal Inn & Suites, 1914 Ailor Avenue.

The injunction is based on multiple cocaine purchases in April, May and August that police officers say they made in the motel.

Police have responded to more than 200 calls at the motel in the last two years.

The motel owners and managers are also accused of acting as lookouts for drug dealers, warning them about police activity.

The Royal Inn has the right to a court hearing within five days. However, the DA has asked for the motel to be permanently closed.

This is the 30th nuisance closure by police and the DA's office.

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